The traits of the liberated

The man who has realised his self is at no point of time interested in the objects of the senses as he is immersed in the joy of his own self, just as the elephant delights in the leaves of the Sallaki tree and dislikes those of the neem.

Published: 01st September 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2013 03:03 PM   |  A+A-

The man who has realised his self is at no point of time interested in the objects of the senses as he is immersed in the joy of his own self, just as the elephant delights in the leaves of the Sallaki tree and dislikes those of the neem.

Whether pleasures enjoyed by him or not enjoyed by him, he remains free of desire and such kind of people are rare.

In this world there are people who look for enjoyment and people who seek liberation too. However, the one who is free of any desire for enjoyment or liberation is indeed rare to find.

The man who realised his self is not waiting for the dissolving of the universe or for its continuous existence. He lives with whatever comes to him, not wanting and not discarding and hence he is blessed.

Having fulfilled the purpose of his existence through knowledge of this one truth, he attains to a state of mind which has merged in the one self. Even while seeing, hearing, speaking, touching or smelling —whatever comes, he remains in a happy state always.

Such a mind has dissolved completely in the  ocean of changing existence. In the merger, there is a sense of vacancy about his eyes as there is no one person to look through them. The body becomes free of any willed action and the sense organs seem as though they have lost their function. This state is because there is neither desire nor dispassion to anything about this world.

The wise man is neither in a state of wakefulness, nor sleep. His eyes neither open nor close. This is not like a state of death, but of a fullness which is born out of self realisation. The completely liberated man remains in this condition at all times and in all places.

Everything that he sees, he sees from the point of view of his own self. Everywhere, his desires are ever pure and untainted. It means that he does not entertain any specific individual desires for himself. The desires of the universe are his own desires and what he wishes is what the universe too wishes. Freed of all desire-prompted actions, he shines everywhere as a being of knowledge and liberation.

The great liberated person, who has achieved this state even while living, sees, hears, touches, smells, speaks, walks, but is free from any attachment and hatred. He neither scolds, nor praises, and is not overjoyed or angry; he never gives, never takes as he is one who has realised his free state of existence. He remains like the true essence, free of any flavours and favours.

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